A Park City man has been charged with murder, a first-degree felony, in connection with the stabbing death of a family friend after a fight between him and his ex-wife Monday.
Max Andrew Johnson Jr., 34, 1300 Park Ave, allegedly stabbed Brandon Sweat at a Holladay apartment complex. He later admitted to the stabbing, according to the charges filed in 3rd Circuit Court.Sweat, 22, of West Salt Lake, died after he was stabbed in the chest with a butcher knife about 10:55 p.m. at Shangri La Apartments (4860 S. 800 East), where Johnson's ex-wife now lives.
The divorced couple had apparently decided to reconcile about a week before, but got into a fight Monday night, after which the woman left to go to an upstairs apartment. Johnson went looking for her.
A witness told police she saw Johnson leaning by the door of the upstairs apartment. His right hand was hidden behind his leg as if he were holding a weapon in his hands, a sheriff's report states. The witness said Johnson was angry and appeared to be "ready to hurt somebody."
Johnson got his ex-wife from that apartment and took her back downstairs, but she told friends in the upstairs apartment to check on her later.
The friends came downstairs later to check on her, and decided to remove her and her children from the apartment. Sweat was apparently left alone with the suspect when the stabbing happened.
Neighbors said the woman had a restraining order against her ex-husband, and that she told them he had been violent in the past.